Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez has returned to his Colombian home town for the first time in more than 20 years.
Aracataca inspired Garcia Marquez's most famous novel
He was greeted by hundreds of fans as he returned to Aracataca in a train painted with yellow butterflies.
The town is said to have inspired his most famous novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude, and officials hope to boost tourism through links to the author.
Garcia Marquez, who lives in Mexico City, last visited Aracataca in 1983.
'Long live Gabo'
Garcia Marquez arrived on a new train service to Aracataca from the city of Santa Marta.
Police officers pushed through cheering crowds to help the famous author, known as Gabo in Colombia, to get off the train.
He signed autographs, posed for photographs and met fans, as banner-waving admirers shouted "long live Gabo!"
Hundreds of fans gave Garcia Marquez a rapturous welcome
He then toured the town in a horse and carriage with his wife, Mercedes Barcha.
"It wasn't as good as I expected but it was OK," a joking Garcia Marquez told Reuters news agency.
Garcia Marquez is credited with bringing the literary genre of magical realism to an international audience.
The town of Macondo in his most famous novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude, is said to be based on Aracataca, which has a population of about 53,000.
In the novel, Macondo suffers years of endless rain and an epidemic of insomnia.
Last year, local authorities failed to persuade local people to approve attempts to change Aracataca's name to Macondo
Garcia Marquez was born in the banana-growing town in 1927 and lived there until he was nine. He was inspired to create Macondo when he returned at the age of 23.
For his 80th birthday in March, Colombia's government pledged $500,000 (£253,030) to rebuild his home in Aracataca, which houses a museum celebrating his life and works.
Other famous novels include "Love in the Time of Cholera" and "The General in His Labyrinth".
Garcia Marquez won the Nobel prize for literature in 1982.